Mushroom

By Changming Yuan


With neither dignity

Of a canopy

Nor myth

Of an aureole

 

Your cap is simply too small

Your stem too short

Your geared-bones too tender

Yet your fleshy body has inspired

Myriads of umbrellas

To shield gods and humans alike

 

Against rain or heat

Against history

 

Changming Yuan, author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009) and Politics and Poetics (2009), is a three-time Pushcart nominee who grew up in rural China and authored several books before moving to Canada. Currently Yuan teaches independently in Vancouver and has poems appearing in Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Exquisite Corpse, London Magazine and more than 350 other literary journals/anthologies worldwide

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